I just reported to the Police today a similar incident. It started as a beautiful sunny day. So naturally we opened the windows to the house. Around 11am the smoke from something burning was able to be smelled. By 3pm it was to strong to not take notice of our surroundings. As I walked out on the back deck (New York Mills) I observed and smelled smoke billowing above the houses the next block over. I got in my truck and drove over to find a guy standing in his back yard burning a large pile of debree and waste underneath a row of pine trees and ready to throw even more on.
This just infuriated me to the point that I went home to call the Police who responded immediately and had him extinguish the fire with a warning. In the middle of the Village, what is wrong with people? Are they really so self centered or caught up with themselves that they don't realize how this affects their neighbor, or maybe they just don't care?
Here in Constable one has to purchase a burning permit which states what is acceptable and there are bans put on burning certain times of the year depending on the conditions due to the weather.
We had a family of red necks move into the neighborhood in Utica last summer who decide to burn whatever they could get their hands on. Had to call the Fire Department on them twice so far. You would think they would have understood burning in the city limits was against the law and very dangerous. Nope! The dumb a--es tried to do it again two weeks ago. The houses are so close together and it only takes a little spark to set any adjoining building on fire.
I've learned to call the Fire department any time I smell smoke other then any grilling being done by my neighbors. Better to be safe then sorry.